The celebration of Earth Day on April 22nd is a way to raise awareness about environmental issues while also serving as a reminder of how much our daily choices and habits affect the world around us. For more information on Earth Day, visit earthday.org. Also, to raise awareness for the positive role that chemistry plays in the world, Chemists Celebrate Earth Week (CCEW) was established by ACS. Learn more here.
Sometimes, it can be challenging to think about what we can do individually to contribute to a healthier environment. To make it easier, we’ve gathered a list of five things you can do to celebrate Earth Day, reduce your carbon footprint, and contribute to a more sustainable environment.
1. Participate in an Earth Day activity
Participating in Earth Day can be as simple as making your next meal plant based. If you want to join a larger group of Earth Day enthusiasts and make your Earth Day support more public, you can advocate for climate action, make an Earth Day window sign, or help plant a forest.
2. Join the Environmental Division
Join a community whose purpose is to bring attention to the importance of concern for the environment, and the need for its consideration in the design and operation of process plants. The Environmental Division also provides programs and opportunities for the research and design of equipment and processes to solve environmental problems.
3. Join the Institute for Sustainability
IfS approaches sustainability from the perspectives of engineering and scientific disciplines with the objective of promoting the societal, economic, and environmental benefits of sustainable and green engineering.
4. Attend an IfS event
Even after Earth Day ends, you can continue doing your part by educating yourself on environmental issues. There are a number of upcoming IFS events to attend, including The 2021 Sustainable Energy Corps Workshop, The International Conference on Accelerated Carbonation for Environmental and Material Engineering (ACEME 2021), and more.
5. Sustainability credentialing
Build core competencies for world-class sustainability with The AIChE Credential for Sustainability Professionals (ACSP). Take the pre-screening survey to find out if you qualify.